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Anoto Group - Digital Pen Technology

Anoto digital pen

A digital pen looks, feels and writes like a normal ballpoint pen. However, it contains an integrated digital camera, an advanced image microprocessor and a mobile communications device for wireless connection.

Company overview

Anoto Group was founded in 1999 and has created the first commercial system for digital pen and paper.

Today, Anoto is world leading in digital pen technology, a technology that enables fast and reliable transmission of handwritten text and illustrations into digital format, not only from paper but also from surfaces such as whiteboards.

Anoto operates through a global partner network that focuses on user-friendly solutions for efficient capture, transmission and storage of data within different business areas, such as healthcare, banking & finance, transport & logistics, field service and education. Anoto has partners across all continents and in more than 50 countries.

Protecting innovation is central to Anoto and the company currently has more than 380 patents and 130 patent applications.

The Anoto Group has around 100 employees and its headquarter is situated in Lund, Sweden. The company also has offices in Boston (USA), Guildford and Whetherby (UK) and Tokyo (Japan). The Anoto share is traded on the Small Cap list of the OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm under the ticker ANOT.

Annual savings of £220,000

"We have freed up “time to care” equivalent to five fulltime midwives…"

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been examining the provision of care in the community. It is usually dispensed to patients at home by midwives and nurses, who record their activities and notes on paper forms. Richard Sargent, ICT Change Control Specialist/Team Leader at the Trust, was on the look-out for technologies that would enable the mid-wives and nurses to take notes and complete paperwork without changing their current working method.

He first came across Anoto Digital Pen and Paper technology in 2008. During a review meeting with the Trust's mobile operator Telefonica O2, he noticed the account manager taking notes using an unusual looking pen. And when a presentation to the team-leaders at the Trust was arranged, the head of the Maternity department immediately liked what she saw.

Benefits: Annual efficiency savings estimated at over £220,000. Time spent on patient administration is halved. Time freed up is equivalent to five full-time midwives. Protection against mislaid, damaged or stolen notes.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Transfer in real time, anywhere

Data can be sent in real time via Bluetooth to different devices such as computers and mobile phones, or synchronized via USB once you are next to a computer. By simply adding the Anoto surface there is no need for buttons or a receiver.

Reliable and durable

With more than 10 years of experience in digital pens, Anoto provides easy-to-manufacture, intuitive, reliable and durable digital pens for many different purposes and environments.

Reef services using Anoto digital pen

Reef Services, a leading energy service provider, and Anoto partner Adapx show the usage of digital pen and paper in improving field technicians' productivity and efficiency, achieving better customer service, and streamlining administrative processes. All resulting in significant time and cost savings for Reef and their customers.

Write on any surface

With the natural feel of a regular pen you can write on any area where the Anoto surface is added. May it be a regular whiteboard, display, table, paper sheet, or a mobile device.  The pens have pen tips suited to fit the different surfaces, and pens using ink always have regular replaceable ink cartridges.

Look and feel of regular pens

Thanks to strong partnerships Anoto has secured small-sized, cost-efficient components with low power consumption. This enables us to provide small-sized pens with the look and feel of normal pens, and with a long battery time. Anoto Digital Pens come with either rechargeable or replaceable batteries.

Exact positioning

The pens provide exact positioning on any surface. Additionally pressure, pen angle and absolute time for each position is available. When this unique information is combined with our world-class partners within handwriting recognition, the editable text result becomes far better than with any other OCR solution.